I ran across an interesting conversation about this subject recently so I figured it’d be good blog fodder.
Chronic illness: Continuing a long time or recurring frequently.
Mental illness belongs in that definition too. It matters. It is a medical condition caused by a *physical* chemical imbalance and it comes with a set of spoons and vocabulary.
Mental illnesses can be and often are chronic. So are a ton of physical illnesses and I know so many people who are facing severe pain all day every day. Chronic illnesses are no joke. Almost all of them are frequently very tough with flares, pain, injuries, fatigue, weight gain/loss and so many more difficult symptoms I could not possibly capture them all.
My point is just that we don’t need to compare illnesses to use a common language. We’re here and can stand together in support of each other if we try.
Image credit: MediSave (no affiliation – just liked the image for the topic)
NOTE: The image is nowhere near comprehensive of all chronic illnesses and I know this. It’s just meant to be referential.